Crazy week in Wicks land! Yep, it’s official – We Are MOVING to Santa Barbara! I know a lot of you have been shocked since we announced the big news last week. We are pretty surprised too because we actually planned this entire thing SO last minute. Let me back up a bit and give you a little of the backstory.
Jeff and I have been living in Pleasanton since Emma was 4. We’ve lived in the SF Bay Area even longer than that and we’ve loved every minute of it. Pleasanton is the most adorable town providing the perfect life for Emma to grow up in. The schools are amazing and with Emma being an only child the town filled with kids and families made it one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. In 2006 we purchased a new home that had 4 bedrooms, a pool and was perfectly situated in a cul de sac. We loved that our home was a haven for Emma and all of her friends. Sleepovers were a constant and that meant the world to us. After Emma left for college Jeff and I decided to downsize our larger home for a smaller house in our cute downtown area near friends. We found the PERFECT sized home just 4 houses from our friends and the rest is history. We gutted the entire house and made it ours in just a few months. I loved the process so much and the opportunity to design each space with Jeff. This was our first time renovating and I still can’t believe how much fun we had from start to finish. Time has flown and I can’t believe that we’ve had this home for 5 years this June! Amazing…
Recently over the past year (especially with COVID), I’ve been feeling pretty antsy. Pleasanton is a wonderful town, but with Jeff being able to work from anywhere – I began dreaming bigger. I lived in Santa Barbara back in the late 80’s right after I graduated from college. My parents had moved there while I was in college and it was a WONDERFUL period in my life. Santa Barbara holds so many special memories for me – it’s where I fell in love with Jeff, got engaged then married. We refer to it as our magic place.
I shared my thoughts about possibly moving with Emma and she loved the idea. I have to mention that she is one of the most supportive people in our lives. She drives on change as much as us and always looks to the next adventure. She encouraged my dreams and mentioned that Jeff and I should head down south to SB, San Clemente & San Diego to check out the vibes and home scene there. The next thing you know I talked Jeff into heading to SB for a long weekend and Emma decided to tag along. He has always been interested in moving back to the beach and loves Santa Barbara as much as me. Jeff went to school in San Diego and loved living by the water. He often surfed and loved the relaxed laid back life. The idea of moving there wasn’t a difficult decision for him so here we are..
Last week we drove down to SB for the weekend and decided to stay at the Hilton. This hotel is one that we stay at often because it’s located right by the water, near State St. and affordable. We had THE BEST TIME. We hit a few restaurants that we loved: Santo Mezcal, Toma & The Shop Kitchen for brunch. We walked down to the beach, drove around the Riveria & Mesa areas to check out homes, shopped in Summerland, and even drove by Oprah’s house. ;) Everything was perfect. The sun was shining all weekend long and we just knew… it was time to jump off the high dive and try something different. The next thing you know we decided to put our house on the market and move down to Santa Barbara! This was such an exciting moment for all of us! We called our family, friends, and more to tell them the news. Everyone was so supportive and excited for us. While our friends are sad to see us go they have been our friends for 20+ years and also love to travel so we plan to see them all the time – whether in SB, the Bay Area or someplace else. As to Emma and my niece Walker who work with me, they plan to fly into Santa Barbara directly from their airports once or twice a month. The other days they can work remotely like they’ve been doing. Maggie will obviously be coming with us. ;)
Once we returned from SB we decided to list our house immediately to take advantage of the hot market in the Bay Area. Houses are going super fast where we live since everyone working in the Silicon Valley areas and San Francisco areas can now work from home most days. The suburbs are where it’s at and without people having to make the drive in to work every day they can live a little further from where they work. Plus, Pleasanton is the cutest and a desirable place to live! As of this moment, our house has sold and is currently pending.
We don’t have a home in Santa Barbara yet for the very same reason – houses are going FAST there as well. Most homes sell within a day or two of being listed so it’s important that we’re already there so that we can pounce on homes as soon as they are listed. To make this work we’ve decided to rent something for a month or more to allow us the opportunity to see what’s available and to get to know the different neighborhoods. More than likely we will be faced with some sort of renovation situation… that will dictate whether we can live in the house during the process or not. Last time around we stayed in a rental the entire time. I’m hoping we won’t have to do that this time but we shall see. It’s all so exciting and new and crazy. But it feels right. :)
I’m really grateful for all of the support that so many of you have given us throughout this past couple of weeks. You have made this process all the more fun and exciting. I know a lot of you love my current Pleasanton home and will miss it (as will I!) but I promise to create something just as cozy and gorgeous – and hopefully with a view of the beach. Wouldn’t that be amazing? We’re so ready for this part of our life to begin!
Future Home Ideas
I’m looking for something with a view, preferably in the 1.6-2.1 million price range. We love the Riveria and Mesa/Alta Mesa areas. I am okay with a good amount of renovations and a fixer as we really want to make this home really ours. Anywhere from 1800 – 2200 sq ft would be amazing. A small courtyard space like we have now with a fountain or fire pit would also be nice… That’s pretty much it! I can’t be too picky considering the crazy market and our price point but we’ll keep our fingers crossed and buy as many lottery tickets as we can in the meantime. ;)
Of course, we’ll keep you in the loop and share every little bit of this process with you as we move forward! xo
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